London's Tate Modern art gallery (above) won the first ever Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Building at last night's British Construction Industry Awards held at a packed London Hilton hotel. Prime minister Tony Blair said: 'Tate Modern is a wonderful building which has helped transform Southwark. It has managed to achieve that difficult balance of being aweinspiring and yet welcoming and accessible. It is an excellent example of public building at its very best.' The BCI Awards were presented by chief secretary to the Treasury Andrew Smith MP.
Other prizes in the UK's top awards for construction excellence went to Proof House Junction (civil engineering - see picture below), Eden (major projects), Project Orwell (best practice), CASPAR apartments (small project), Wessex Water's new operations centre (building) and Angwa City, Harare, Zimbabwe (international). Full details of all the BCI Awards, promoted by NCE, the architects journal and the Daily Telegraph, are in the special supplement in the centre of your magazine this week.